Political parties at the Assembly were today set to unite to condemn the Massereene attack — and insist Northern Ireland will not be dragged back to the past.
First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness were due to address MLAs ahead of a special amendment debate, with scheduled Assembly business overshadowed by the weekend deaths and injuries.
The DUP and Sinn Fein leaders met Prime Minister Gordon Brown at Stormont Castle, following his visit to the Antrim barracks, ahead of a meeting involving all the party leaders.
It was also announced that Mr Robinson and Mr McGuinness, who cancelled their planned trade mission to the United States immediately after the Saturday night attack, will now travel later this week.
The two men had been due to be in Chicago today, where they were due to meet the city’s renowned mayor, Richard Daley, a key figure in the Democratic Party. as part of the drive for new investment in the province.
European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering said the two communities in Northern Ireland “want to put the evil of the past behind them”.